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Amanda K Rector

Graduate Student, Spanish and Portuguese

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Office Hours

  • T 2-3pm, or by appt., FLB 4034

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

18th-19th Century Transatlantic Travel Writing; nation building, immigration, race, gender, emotions, and belonging,


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.A. 2014)
  • Wartburg College (B.A. 2011)


  • Graduate College Conference Travel Grant; Fall 2015
  • Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Brazilian Portuguese; Academic Year 2015-2016
  • Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for study of Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Summer 2014
  • Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Department Small Fellowship for research. Summer 2014


  • SPAN 228: Spanish Composition (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015 (online), Fall 2015, Fall 2016)
  • SPAN 200: Readings in Hispanic Texts (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
  • SPAN 141: Intro to Spanish Grammar (Spring 2013, Summer 2013)
  • SPAN 103: Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2012)

Conference Presentations

  • "Anticlericalism and the Quest for Modernity in Aves sin nido (1889) and Noli me tangere (1887)." Presented at the Kentucky Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference (KFLC); April 2014.
  • "The Art of Seduction: Sexuality v. Spirituality in La Regenta." Presented at the Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Conference; November 2013.
  • "Love, Revenge, and the Mess In-between in Romeo and Juliet." Presented at the Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature; April 2011.
  • "Redefining Frankenstein: From Mary Shelley to the Early Horror Films." Presented at the International Conference on Romanticism (ICR); November 2010.
  • "Gender Spaces and Social Anxieties in The Castle of Otranto." Presented at the Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature; April 2010.

Service to the Profession

  • Co-Organizer, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Dept. Graduate Student Open House. March 2014.